vegetation. They are the largest beetles found in such situations and are often easily recognized by their bright colors. Species of Silpha are broadly oval, 10-24 mm., and the elytra (front wings) nearly cover the abdomen. Species of Nicrophorus (for 1, see PL 5) have short elytra and are called burying or sexton beetles: they burrow under and bury carrion such as dead mice and other small animals. Adults and larvae are scavengers on carrion and decaying vegetation.

SHINING FUNGUS BEETLES Family Scaphidiidae Identification: Shape distinctive: broadly spindle-shaped, convex. Usually black, shiny, some with red spots. FW short and

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